- Population: 96,109,390
- Individuals in need of humanitarian assistance: 26.4 million people
- Number of people registered as internally displaced: 5.7 million Congolese people
- People reached during emergency response in 2022: 357,278 people
- Rapid response impact: 8,000 families reached in 2020
Why are we in Democratic Republic of Congo? Concern Worldwide has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1994. Our teams intervene in the sectors of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH), Nutrition and Livelihoods, and Gender & Protection with a focus on the eastern part of the country.
The second largest number of internally displaced persons in the world
The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains one of the most complex and longstanding humanitarian crises in Africa. The country currently has the largest number of internally displaced persons on the African continent with more than 5.7 million internally displaced people (IDPs) living within host communities or in IDP sites (OCHA Humanitarian Response Plan 2023). Since March 2022, over 800,000 people have fled their homes due to a resurgence of conflict in the east of the country, with women and children at particular risk of discrimination and gender-based violence.
The DRC also remains the world’s largest food crisis, with 26.4 million people – a quarter of the population - facing acute food insecurity in 2023 (IPC 2022). The COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine and ongoing conflict in DRC have led to significant price rises, increasing pressure on the 60 million people already living on less than $2.15 a day.
In 2022, Concern supported over 150,000 individuals displaced by conflict and natural disasters in DRC with emergency cash transfers/vouchers and food distributions.
Over the past two years, Concern has reached 46,200 people with emergency nutrition interventions including the treatment of 20,000 children under the age of five suffering from moderate and severe acute malnutrition, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections and malaria.
In 2022, Concern gender and protection teams carried out 6,580 gender transformative trainings and sensitizations in local communities, reaching 3,866 women and 2,714 men, while our school workshops to raise awareness from an early age about equality reached 1,215 children.
How we're helping in DRC
We’re alleviating suffering in DRC through our emergency response programs and building resilience by tackling malnutrition and gender equality.